The Times Weekend
From a hip new hotel in St Barts to a voyage round the British Virgin Islands, Sarah Turner has the pick of the winter sun trips.
Villa Marie St Barts
What could be more Caribbean than a collection of white, weatherboarded cottages overlooking a perfect beach ? At Villa Marie, set above Flamands beach, simplicity is only skin deep. When this hotel opens next month it will be truly luxurious. At heart, it aims to tick all the Gallic boxes, including a spa that focuses on external beauty rather than internal harmony, and a gourmet restaurant. A sister property to the Sibuet properties in France, it promises to be seriously stylish.